Kollam: The next edition of Kerala Backwaters Challenge (KBC) is scheduled in Kollam on February 12-13. KBC is an eco-friendly event that aims to raise awareness of the need to protect the backwaters, which is the backbone of Kerala’s tourism sector, by attracting more people to water sports.
Organized by a group of young experts trained in water sports, KBC is also supported by Team Ind Sporty and Royal Travancore Water Sports Association. According to organizers KBC, the event offers participants the opportunity to become ambassadors for the movement to protect the backwaters, which are an integral part of life for many people in Kerala. The slogan #keralabackwaterschallenge is a collective to celebrate water sports and eco-friendly adventure tourism, they added.
KBC programs are run by Anoop KP, who is active as a trainer and organizer of several water sports events. He spotted and coached a number of talented youngsters in the sport. In KBC’s staging, Anoop is supported by a team of members who have received adventure sports training and certification to run competitions from bodies such as the National Institute of Water Sports (NIWS), Goa; Yachting Association of India (YAI), Rowing Federation of India (RFI) and Indian Kayaking and Canoeing Association (IKCA). Also, they have conducted training sessions for Indian Navy and Indian Air Force.
KBC has been organizing backwater protection programs for several years. However, it only held a multiple water sports platform event in 2021, with KBC’s first edition being held in March. Later, another edition was organized on December 18 and 19 last year in which there were 20 participants.
Kayaking, canoeing, sailing, stand-up paddleboarding and surfing are the activities offered at KBC. Participants can also participate in activities such as swimming, beach games, kite flying and fishing. In addition, they would be invited to participate in a beach clean-up campaign run by KBC volunteers.
According to the organizers, after the February event to be held in Kollam, another edition is planned in March as part of the first anniversary which will take place in four other venues.
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